Why There is No 17th Karmapa

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Here’s the deal with Ogyen Trinley Dorje as Karmapa.

“Impermanence is not a punishment for our sins.”

Khyentse Rinpoche #buddhism

Impermanence.

“How wonderful and refreshing it is to be blessed by impermanence.”

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche #buddhism

The 16th Karmapa was the last Karmapa of Tibet.

Tibetans believe otherwise.

We’re Buddhists though so go there we must.

Karmapa Chenno!

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The Education of Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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If only Ogyen Trinley Dorje wasn’t home schooled by tutors.

“Talking about dharma is easy; applying the meaning is hard.”

Godrakpa #buddhism

This is the downside of putting a child on a throne.

“If all phenomena aren’t understood to be mind, the end of words will never be reached.”

Godrakpa #buddhism

They end up with no place in the world.

Karmapa Chenno!

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Neither Karmapa is A Leader and It’s Time to Forget About Them Both as Such

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Stakeholders in the Karma Kagyu, their benefactors and creatures, what nonsense are these.

“A view involving dualism forms delusion’s base; there is no view or theory in reality itself.”

Milarepa #buddhism

Forget about them all, and their Tibetan culture, Tibet is no more, it’s time for them to move on.

“A keeper and kept refined until they’re gone this way of keeping samaya it works quite well.”

Milarepa #buddhism

Both Karmapas are reincarnations of a leader, the 16th Karmapa, for what it’s worth.

Neither are leaders though, and it is time that we recognize this, and forget about them as such.

Karmapa Chenno!

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How Ogyen Trinley Dorje Lost His Groove

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Someone searched “KTD” and “STUPID” to discover this blog.

I kid you not.

If you are Karma Kagyu, you know this feeling well.

“If you know the road to get somewhere but do not actually take it you are not going to get there.”

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche #buddhism

Ogyen Trinley Dorje failed us, and there’s no escaping this fact.

He had the opportunity to transform KTD in 2010, but wasn’t up to it.

“If a teacher gives instruction to one hundred individuals each will have a different mode of progress on the path.”

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche #buddhism

We all wish it was otherwise, but it is what it is, an embarrassment to us all.

I honestly believed Ogyen Trinley Dorje had what it takes to be a great Karmapa.

When he had the opportunity to actually do something though, he blew it.

Karmapa Chenno!

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The Last Karmapa and The End of The Karma Kagyu Lineage

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I was in my 20′s when the 16th Karmapa passed away.

Situ, Shamar, Jamgon Kongtrul, and Gyaltsab were young men too.

I naturally assumed good things would come from this.

“If we can understand the nature of the mind then our experience of appearances becomes very workable.”

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche #buddhism

In retrospect their youth was our undoing as a lineage.

Their unresolved childhood issues proved to be problematic.

And their inexperience left them dependent on their elders.

“Spirituality doesn’t exist on another level different from ordinary life.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche #buddhism

Today we have two Karmapas and a divided Karma Kagyu.

Both Karmapas are victims of the circumstances of their recognition.

And our Karma Kagyu will never again be whole.

Karmapa Chenno!

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The Karmapa’s Worst Nightmare

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We need not practice the dharma.

But I have chosen to, and have, since 1972.

“The demand for relief or sanity that is contained in confusion is the beginning point of Buddhism.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche #buddhism

Most of the world’s Buddhists are born to it.

Here in the States though, it’s to each their own.

“You do not have to try to do things you are incapable of but rather do what you can.”

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche #buddhism

Whatever we believe, as Americans, we own it.

Tibet is gone forever, and Tibetans have no future.

They can either change how they roll, or get out of our way.

It makes no difference to us.

They came here, and not the other way around.

They sent us their best and brightest, and they taught us well.

They may regret having done so, but it’s a bit late for that at this point.

Karmapa Chenno!

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We Are The Second Child of Tibetan Buddhism

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My older sister was an only child.

As a second child my arrival disrupted her childhood.

“Regard whatever occurs with equanimity.”

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche #buddhism

We are the second child of Tibetan Buddhism.

And it is time for Tibetans to deal with this unwelcome fact.

“It’s important to absorb unjustified blame and to work with that.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche #buddhism

I am just as much a Karma Kagyu as any Tibetan.

No Tibetan is the boss of me and if they don’t like it…

Well, my sister and I may have our issues, but we’ll always be family.

Karmapa Chenno!

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